RED CROSS: Two Families Get Help

Posted on: 4:10 pm, May 28, 2013, by

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The Red Cross is providing overnight shelters to two Iowa families, Tuesday.

One family is from Cherokee and the other from Le Mars. Both towns have been inundated by flood waters over the past several days.

In Le Mars, dive crews were sent in to rescue an elderly couple whose home was surrounded by water.

The water also snuck up on Le Mars resident Russ Holzman who owns a farming and trucking business at his home.

Holzman had to move all his equipment to higher ground. Ironically, he just finished building a flood gate for his walk-out basement Friday.

“I didn’t want to ever use it in my life, but it got used today. It helped. It helped save the basement of the house. Otherwise it would be five feet deep in my basement,” Holzman said.

Both the Floyd River in Le Mars and the Little Sioux River in Cherokee are on the way down after peaking Monday.

The Little Sioux reached a record breaking 27.9-feet.

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